ja·​ca·​na | \ jə-ˈkä-nə How to pronounce jacana (audio) , ˌzha-sə-ˈnaⁿ How to pronounce jacana (audio) \

Definition of jacana

: any of a family (Jacanidae) of long-legged and long-toed tropical wading birds that frequent coastal freshwater marshes and ponds

Examples of jacana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her favorite specimen in her studio is an African jacana that earned her the incredible distinction of third place at the 2017 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships. Damona Hoffman, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of jacana

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jacana

Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi jasanã́

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“Jacana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jacana. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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